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Mirrormask (edition 2005)

by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)

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Title:Mirrormask
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Dave McKean (Illustrator)
Info:BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC (2005), Hardcover, 80 pages
Collections:Books, To read
Rating:*****
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MirrorMask (children's edition) by Neil Gaiman

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Hmm. I didn't like the MirrorMask movie as much as I wanted to, but at least it was a spectacle, a whirl of colours and lights and fantastical landscapes. The book doesn't capture that as much as one would hope, and I didn't get particularly invested in it, either.

I'm awfully fond of The Really Useful Book and the flying books and the idea of having to capture the book you want in a butterfly net, though. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
MirrorMask is an Alice-in-Wonderland-style tale about a girl who works in her family circus and wishes to escape to real life. Instead, she dreams that she becomes part of the elaborate, nonsensical world she has drawn on her walls. There, she finds that her life has been taken over by another, and her only way of escape is bared by beautiful and grotesque figures like floating giants, rainbow-winged sphinxes with human faces, and a selfish juggler named Valentine.

In part, it’s a coming-of-age story, but sparkling or shadowed by the fantastical, twisted, and lovely incomprehensibility of a dark dream. It is also charming to adults and children alike because it is a picture book, in which the lines of words themselves grow or shrink, twist and entwine with the illustrations, or change colors from light to dark. Simple, unexpected – everything one who loves Neil Gaiman has come to appreciate about his work. ( )
  flight_of_stars | Mar 2, 2013 |
Utterly fantastic just as the movie :) ( )
  bubblvicous | Jan 10, 2010 |
Finished reading my signed (!) copy of "MirrorMask" the movie tie-in. The story itself wasn't too terribly gripping compared to Gaiman's other works but I'm happy to have a chance to read it from Helena's point of view.

Imagine that you grew up in a family of circus performers, drifting from place to place, would you be contented with that life or would you crave normalcy at the other side of the fence?

Knowing that this is another great collaboration between Gaiman & McKean, expect spectacular visual presentation as well as movie stills.

Fave lines from the book:

"Let them. I want to run away and join Real Life."

"It's letting the apology change things. But an apology is where it has to begin."


This is supposedly the children's edition (I also have the film script version) but I personally think that this is better suited to the young adult level.

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Title MirrorMask (Children's Edition)
Author Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Reviewed By Purplycookie ( )
  purplycookie | Apr 10, 2009 |
  hagelrat | Feb 10, 2009 |
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Mckean, DaveIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Leonidas, StephanieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060821094, Hardcover)

Helena is about to embark on a most amazing journey.

Raised in a family of circus performers, she's always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

MirrorMask is a breathtaking film written by bestselling author Neil Gaiman and brought to life through the vision of acclaimed artist and director Dave McKean. This original novella is Helena's tale in her own voice, written by master storyteller Neil Gaiman and accompanied by original art by Dave McKean and images from the film; it is a stunning and magical journey.

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A girl from a family of circus performers finds herself in a strange new world populated by mysterious creatures--a dreamworld in which she is about to embark on a most amazing journey, in a full-color graphic novella based on the Sony Pictures fantasy film. Helena is about to embark on a most amazing journey. Raised in a family of circus performers, she's always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life. MirrorMask is a breathtaking film written by bestselling author Neil Gaiman and brought to life through the vision of acclaimed artist and director Dave McKean. This original novella is Helena's tale in her own voice, written by master storyteller Neil Gaiman and accompanied by original art by Dave McKean and images from the film; it is a stunning and magical journey.… (more)

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